Professor Roderick A Smith, FREng, ScD Chair, Heathrow Airport Consultative Committee

Welcome to the Heathrow Airport Consultative Committee

The HACC is an independent committee that was convened in 1948. Since then Heathrow has transformed from a tented village into a busy international airport handling over 70 million passengers every year.

An airport the size of Heathrow brings huge benefits both nationally and locally – but like all airports, it has downsides for people living close by, in particular aircraft noise and road congestion.

HACC’s role is to foster communication and build understanding between the airport and its users, local authorities and interest groups.  Seeking a balance between wide and often conflicting interests is a challenging role.

I was appointed Chair of the HACC on 1 January 2015.  My own career has been as an engineer in academe, and I still conduct research at Imperial College but I have always had active contact with industry and business in, for example, railways, nuclear power, energy and aviation. I travel extensively so I see airports worldwide from a passenger’s point of view.

The HACC meets quarterly and discusses a wide range of topics including passenger service issues; airport development; surface access; government consultations; noise and air quality and other key environmental issues.  The meetings are open to the public.

On this website you can find details of 27 HACC members and the minutes of past meetings. If you’d like to get in touch, email us at

Best wishes

Rod Smith Signature

Professor Roderick A Smith, ScD, FREng

Date of Next Meeting:

Wednesday 17th January 2018 at the Heathrow Academy

The meeting starts at 2pm.

The main HACC meetings are open to the public and the press.

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